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Studio Policies

2021-2022

Policy Book



WELCOME

Thank you for choosing Center Stage Dance Studio for your child’s dance education. We purchased Center Stage in April 2020 and are more committed than ever to instilling a love for the performing arts in each student. We realize you have choices in West Texas for dance instruction and we are very pleased you have chosen us. We strive to provide the best customer service to all our students and their families and to provide an exceptional quality dance education in a positive, structured but nurturing environment. We want to make the time you spend at the studio as pleasant as possible; therefore, we have policies in place in order to accomplish this. Contained in the following pages are guidelines concerning attire, class placement, behavior expectations -- just to name a few. We have tried to give you as much information as possible so you will know what is required of both you and your student as we begin a new season together. Please feel free to ask us questions if there is something you do not understand. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is a problem, as nothing can be fixed unless we know of the situation. You can contact me at the studio at 432-272-1883 or via e-mail at Ms. Misti@centerstageodessa.com. Because there are no breaks between classes, please contact me during non-class hours so that I may give you my full attention.

Ms. Misti Smith

PLACEMENT

Current age, years of previous training, technical skill, previous styles of dance studied, determination, work ethic, and maturity of student will be taken into consideration. Class placement is made by Ms. Misti in coordination with the other instructors. Placement in classes from other dance studios does not necessarily correspond with placement at Center Stage. Teaching varies widely from studio to studio. It is better for a student to be placed in a lower class and be moved up, than vice-versa. Ms. Misti has the final say in all class placement.

RATES

Your tuition rate is based upon class length and does not vary from month to month. You will be paying for the entire school year of 32 weeks of classes held over 9 months, September – May. This is an average of 3.5 weeks per month. You are not paying for scheduled school vacations and Holidays. Please see our published holiday calendar in this document. The registration fee for new students is due when registering. All other months are due on the first of each calendar month.

PAYMENT

Payments can be made in person with cash, check, or credit/debit card or online with debit/ credit card, or ACH draft. Center Stage has a very fair policy regarding payment for tuition and subsequent assessment of late fees. Payments are due by the first class of each calendar month. There is no late fee assessed until after 10th of the month. Any account unpaid after the 10th of the month will have late charges assessed for 10% of the total account balance, including past due late fees. All accounts will receive a statement by email when the upcoming month’s tuition is posted to your account.

If you make a payment late, please include your late fee or you will be billed. If you make your payments by mail, be certain to allow adequate time for mail delivery. Thank you for your cooperation.

Recurring billing accounts will be run for the balance on the account. This will include recital fees and costume fees when they become due. We strongly encourage automatic billing! It makes things easier for everyone. If you want to make payments on costumes, arrangements MUST be made with Ms. Misti. A returned check incurs a fee of $35.00. Any student with an overdue balance of more than 30 days will not be allowed into class until payment in full is received. Overdue balances must be paid by cash, money order, certified check, or by credit/debit card if paying online. If you wish to terminate enrollment, written or direct verbal notification to Ms. Misti is required before the 1st of the upcoming month. Monthly billing will continue until Center Stage Dance Studio receives written notice. You will be expected to pay tuition for any month in which your dancer actually attends class. Refunds are not made once a session is underway unless the studio must cancel a class without the ability to reschedule a makeup class. No credit is given for student absences or missed snow cancellation makeup classes.

FEES

Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee for NEW students of $50.00 (per student) or $100.00 (per family). If your student withdraws for any reason during the session, the student will lose her place in class/level, and a reinstatement fee must be paid to re-enroll in that same session.

Costume and Recital fees: Costumes are required for participation in the Spring Recital. Parents will be responsible for costume and recital fees. More information will be forthcoming in early October about recital and costumes during a Parent Observation Day. The recital fee is $75 per dancer and covers costs associated with securing the performance venue and other production expenses. The recital fee will be charged to your account in October and will be due by October 31st. If unpaid by October 31st, it will process with autopay with November 1st tuition. To ensure a costume is ordered for your child, all costume fees must be paid by the deadline. Participation in the May recital performance is NOT required (an Opt-Out form will need to be signed no later than October 31st). However, once your decision is made to participate, the studio and your student’s classmates consider you committed. Payment of the recital fee and your commitment document will be considered your agreement to participate in the recital. Costumes and recital fees are non-refundable. No costumes will be released until all current and past due tuition and fees are paid. All accounts must be up-to-date as of May 10th for your child to participate in the recital.

DISCOUNTS

· 10% discount off the total tuition bill for enrollment of multiple members in a family.

· Payment of the full year tuition can be discussed with Ms. Misti for a discount or special incentive.

ATTENDANCE

Just like regular school, attendance is very important! We learn new things every class and repetition of the steps solidifies learning and muscle memory.

Center Stage takes all holidays set by ECISD. A note from the studio will proceed these holidays. In case of bad weather, the studio will cancel classes if ECISD cancels school.

To ensure that dances are performance ready any student who misses more than three classes from the start of classes until the Christmas Show or from Spring Break until the recital may forfeit their opportunity to participate in the shows.

DRESS CODE

The simple leotard and tights make it possible for the instructor to see the dancer’s body so they can make the proper corrections. Young dancers are sometimes distracted by their own dance wear. Large skirts and/or tutus become the dancer’s focus instead of the instructor. Learning to dance and work together as a team can be more easily achieved by removing the distraction of different dancewear. Instructors are ab